It’s official. Today the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that 41 countries will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The full list was unveiled today on the official Eurovision website. The total of 41 is exactly the same number as those who competed in 2019.
Returning this year are Bulgaria and Ukraine. After initially confirming for Eurovision 2019, Bulgarian broadcaster BNT withdrew, citing financial difficulties. However, earlier this month the broadcaster delighted fans by confirming their return for 2020. Bulgaria will announce their act for Rotterdam later this month.
Ukraine was another country who had initially confirmed for Eurovision 2019 but later withdrew. The broadcaster chose to withdraw from Eurovision after the controversy surrounding national final winner Maruv refusing to sign the Eurovision agreement. But Ukraine is back for 2020, this time with new rules surrounding their national final.
It’s always sad when a country withdraws from Eurovision. This year both Hungary and Montenegro won’t be heading to Rotterdam.
Hungary’s broadcaster MTVA will continue to hold its national song competition A Dal, but with no Eurovision connection. Montenegro’s broadcaster RTCG has not confirmed its reasons for leaving, but blogs have claimed it is for financial reasons. Both countries have previously withdrawn in the past and returned in later years.
Also not appearing on the list is Kosovo. Broadcaster RTK has long been eager to participate at Eurovision, however the broadcaster is not currently a member of the EBU.
Broadcasters from Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Slovakia and Turkey have already confirmed that they will not return to Eurovision 2020. Liechtenstein’s broadcaster has still not applied for EBU membership. The EBU has also earlier confirmed that it had “no plans” to give Kazakhstan guest invitation.
Eurovision Song Contest 2020 — Confirmed countries
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